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.m. eastern on the economy. that issue of the economy directly touches on the dysfunction in washington that americans said they hate. they went to bed election night hoping to fix that. speed really matters here. in just seven weeks the bush tax cuts expire, automatic spending cuts agreed to by both parties kick in. we call it the fiscal cliff and even though it's more like the fiscal steep slope it could do some very bad things to the economy. concerns about rolling down it or falling off it or whatever you want to call it have made markets nervous and credit rating agencies and economists of all stripes are warning about the consequences of not hammering out a deal in time. politicians in both parties, they've been sending out mixed signals ever since the election. on the one hand they're talking about common ground. take a look. >> we want our children to live in america that isn't burdened by debt. that isn't threatened by a warming planet. >> the nation as you know is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. >> if there's
, four more years in the white house locked in, president obama prepares to head back to washington, where a hard fought campaign pales in comparison to the challenges that lie ahead. the nation is drawing closer and closer to the fiscal cliff. hello and good to see you here on this day after election day. i'm brooke baldwin at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. >> i'm celebrating the day after. john king in washington. hey, brooke. >> good to see you. >> it is good to see you. talk on capitol hill is turning to compromise immediately after the election. listen here, the senate majority leader democrat harry reid. >> it is better to dance than to fight. it is better to work together. everything doesn't -- >> see what the house speaker john boehner has to say. he speaks live next hour. meantime, the biggest battleground still hangs in the balance, the election is not yet over in florida. the nation's largest swing state too close to call. oh, yes, brooke, they're still counting the absentee ballots. >> we'll go there. also happening right now, the market. we have to look at this,
with wolf blitzer in washington. hey, wolf. >>> brooke, thanks very much. happening now, the president of the united states is on his way back to washington right now for four more years in the white house. you're going to see his return to the white house during this program. also, republicans still control the house of representatives. will the president find anymore cooperation in his second term than during his first? and after passage of an historic ballot question, how soon will it be until people in colorado can light up a marijuana cigarette legally? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> right now president obama's aboard air force one. he's heading east from chicago. he's already reaching out to congressional leaders trying to set the agenda for his second term in office. across the country today americans awoke to banner headlines from re-elected in the president's hometown "chicago tribune" to "obama wins in his adopted city" "the washington post." the "new york times" proclaimed it's obama's night while "los angeles times" told readers it's obama again. even
one individual or one agency that did this? this went through an interagency process in washington 1/2. it had to be signed off by various members of the white house, members of the nfc. the only words they changed along with the state department was changing the words to diplomatic facility in the -- from the mission. and so they had nothing to do with the intelligence assessment at all. so there's still some question of exactly where in this process that the names were changed to the more generic reference to terror. >> you're not in new york city, that skyline behind you is mountain view, california. eric schmidt, it sounds like you were in that closed door meeting, we know you weren't, but thank you for joining us. >>> there was a story that went unreported on election night. mitt romney's landslide, he actually had many of them across the country in his loss to barack obama. we went to king county, texas where president obama suffered his most severe shellacking. >> reporter: what do you think of barack obama's first term? >> ain't worth a damn. i don't agree with anything he do
. >>> welcome back, everybody. you're watching our special coverage of the election live from washington, d.c. this morning. with less than 24 hours to go, the candidates are focusing on the biggest prizes. those elusive swing states. right now, cnn has pennsylvania lean obama but both campaigns are fighting for the key stone state. today president obama is deploying bill clinton there, for four campaign stops. just one day after mitt romney took the state in pennsylvania, the theme from "rocky." pat toomey is a republican senator from pennsylvania. he campaigned with both romney and paul ryan this weekend. he joins us this morning. nice to see you, sir. thanks for talking with us. >> good morning, thanks for having me. >> appreciate that. we've heard sort of mixed messages on the state of pennsylvania. so lay it out for me. listen to republicans, they say pennsylvania is definitely in play. if you talk to the democrats, david plouffe said it's a sign of desperation to talk about pennsylvania. let me play for you what he said and then we'll answer that on the other side. >> we have a great
correspondent brianna keilar is live for us this morning from washington. john boehner was the guy who said he didn't think a lame duck congress could do big things. what can be done in the next, what did i say, 53 days? >> well, maybe finding some sort of stopgap measure. some sort of framework on tax reform, soledad. i think that's the goal here. the fact is, house republicans and president obama and senate democrats, they don't really have a choice. they have to do something, and that became very clear yesterday when the cbo put out a report showing that if the country goes over the fiscal cliff you're looking at economic calamity. you're looking at unemployment ticking up, perhaps two points. you're looking at a recession next year. so, also listen to the conciliatory language that we're hearing from the hill and that we may be hearing from president obama when he speaks here at the white house this afternoon. listen to what john boehner also said about being reasonable. >> we can talk about all kinds of things we may disagree on. i'm the most reasonable, responsible person here in washing
is the highest level in 12 years. maybe another in washington state, so there was some bright spots, but overall, i agree. a combination of tone and message and reaching out to new and minority voters and making sure that we do a better job on the ground. >> well, gracious to come out and directly admit it, although you are right on on the governor's side. one of the wings that cornyn was referring to was the tea party and some big name tea partiers lost last night. joe walsh, josh mande ll, richard murdoch in indiana. he had a specific situation there with the comments he made on abortion, but i think the question is is the tea party still relevant? is it now become an albatross? >> erin, what the tea party and other conservatives that believe we ought to -- balance budget, i think that's pretty a mainstream idea. they helped me immensely with the victory in virginia three years ago. i think it's how we organize. how we deliver the message. we've got to be a lot more inclusive and open and energetic by expressing why these are -- we've just got to do a better job with that. so, i think it's a l
. it is tuesday, november 6th, election day. "starting point" is coming to you live from washington, d.c., and we begin right now. >> welcome, everybody, you're watching a special edition of starting point and cnn's live coverage of election day 2012. the two candidates have been talking for about 17 months now and now it's the american people who will have the final say. these are the states with polls that are opening right now. state of delaware, state of florida, state of georgia, illinois, kansas, louisiana, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, missouri, pennsylvania, rhode island, south carolina, tennessee, and washington, d.c. you're looking at a live picture now from wilmington, delaware, where joe biden is expected to vote at any moment. the vice president then will head to chicago to watch the returns with president obama today. mitt romney is not letting up on this election day. he's added two campaign campaign stops today in cleveland, ohio, and in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. there are already legal issues that are plaguing two battleground states. state of florida, where there are more l
was right the other day when he said he can't change washington from the inside. only from the outside. let's make sure and give him that chance, okay? >> morrisville, pennsylvania will hear that same message later on this hour and right now vice presidential candidate paul ryan is speaking in minneapolis. >> the five of us, we're in congress together. president obama has not met with the republican leaders in the house or the senate since july. >> boo! >> we have a debt crisis coming, we have budget problems, we have economic problems. that's not leadership. we need a leader. now the reason mitt romney and i keep talking about our five-point plan is because we believe we owed you our fellow citizens an actual plan. we owe you solutions, we owe you ideas. real reforms can be had to get a real recovery. we had real recovery in this state in this country let's use that recovery and put people back to work. let's get the keystone pipeline, let's get more gas, more coal and renewables. i tell you what, we know what layoffs are, we have family and friends that we know of who are in their 40s or
with all these challenges that are known in washington as the fiscal cliff, but to the rest of the country they're known about fairness to middle class families who are trying to basically have a tax code that works for them, rather than against them. health care and retirement security, and there will be reforms in changes. you also have to have a president that has the right values for the middle class, and i can go back to remembering what happened in 1996. we had a healthy debate. nine months later we had a balanced budget agreement, and it was different because the president of the united states was able to lead, and i think with the house democrats, there are races throughout the country as there are in the senate, and i think they are very, very close, and i think on a close election there may be a little push where i think president strengthens. >> just two words. compatriot in arms, at least in this election. david axelrod said he is utterly confident of victory. are you? >> david is close to it, people know a basic core point. the president has shown the leadership over four year
election express bus. i'm also joined by john king in washington, d.c. the electoral college map, how does it add up right now? >> when you talk to the two campaigns, it's as if even though it's one country, they live in parallel universes. both saying they will win tomorrow. the president is ahead in most of the key battleground states. they are down confidence in the obama campaign and don't get too much dispute out of the romney campaign that they will win the state of nevada. then they come to the midwest where you are. they are most confident in the midwest they will carry again. i know republicans watching are saying they'll prove you wrong. they're confident about the state of iowa. that would get the president to 259. takes 270 win. when you ask them about these battleground states, they say they're most confidence about ohio, where you are. the president took that game over. no republicans won the white house without it, but say they're wrong about it. keep it a toss-up. if this happens, if the president won novembevada, iowa wisconsin, could romney get to 270? yes, barely. give f
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the truth, the facts. tonight the focus on what played out in washington today. two foes back at it again. senator mccain has maintained either white house negligence or a cover up. he would try to block any effort to promote ms. rice to secretary of state should hillary clinton resign. >> if senator mccain and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the un ambassador, who had nothing to do with agabenghazi and was mak a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to go after her reputation is outrageous. >> senator mccain heard that remark and took to the floor of the sen sat to respond. mr. president, four brave americans died. it has now been eight weeks and the american people have received nothing but contradick tri statements from all levels of our government. this administration has either been guilty of incompetence or engaged in a cover up neither of which is acceptable to the american people. >> there are still serious unanswered questions about the timeline of events. r
to these attacks? >> well, first of all, assessments from the ground apparently were not getting back to washington, were not getting high enough. that compound was under surveillance by the local services. benghazi itself is a jungle. all sorts of islamic groups. somebody should have raised the red flag early on and either fortified that consulate or simply closed it. somebody made a mistake. i don't know who that was, whether it was the state department or the cia or the combination of the two. but they probably, in the loit of today, they should have pu pulled out a long time ago and run all these operations -- >> just going on to topic number two, did the obama administration try to mislead us as to the nature of the attack? we all heard what susan rice said. republicans say she tried to pin this all on that terrible video that came out, that anti-muslim video, when she knew at the time it was something more. you've heard all the rumors flying around. what do you think? >> well, first of all, susan rice -- maybe she was misinformed. maybe she's getting unfairly blamed. maybe the cia sent a bad
in washington, education reform seems to be more likely to get bipartisan cooperation. but the president can do quite a bit using his executive authority to achieve some changes in energy policy on his own. you mentioned a foreign trip that is right. the president and the white house have announced he will be going in about ten days overseas. he will visit cambodia and thailand and myanmar where he will visit with the now freed leader aun san su kyi. >> he had a phone call yesterday with the republican leadership with john boehner, the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. is he planning on sitting down with those two republican leaders any time soon? is the white house saying? >> reporter: there's nothing announced for a leaders meeting so far. but i am certain, wolf, that that will be coming because there's such important negotiations ahead. i'm told that the president's conversation with speaker boehner was courteous, it was brief. and i'm told that they also discussed the importance of keeping their public statements vague or general enough so that they leave themselves enough private n
unscrupulous credit card lenders. there's some things we don't want washington to do. the politicians in washington most of whom are male to control health care decisions that women can make for themselves. now, for eight years, we had a president who shares these beliefs, his name was bill clinton. and you know, his economic plan, when he first came into office, he asked the wealthiest americans to pay a little bit more so we could reduce our deficit and still invest in the skills and ideas of our people. and you know what? at the time, the republicans in congress and a senate candidate by the name of mitt romney, i don't want you to boo, i want you to vote. i want you to vote. but a republican candidate by the name of mitt romney said, bill clinton's plans would hurt the economy and kill jobs. turns out his math was just as bad then as it is now. because by the end of president clinton's second term, america created 23 million new jobs and incomes were up and poverty was down and our deficit had turned into a surplus. so florida, we know that our ideas work. we also know that their
storm, sandy who cannot return home or have no home anymore. our joe johns is following us in washington on this story. but what he is following is that new jersey governor chris christy is now saying that people in the affected areas of new jersey, people affected by hurricane sandy can now vote electronically. they can vote by e-mail and they can vote by fax. it is an interesting turn. joe, what are you finding out about this? >> well, it's a very interesting turn, don. as you said, in response to the super storm, the governor has issued a directive. this is for misplaced voters that can submit ballot applications by e-mail or by fax to the county clerk. the clerk sends them a ballot and then they have to return that ballot by about 8:00 p.m. on tuesday. it sounds highly unusual. to some, it may sound off the wall. but the fact of the matter is, in an emergency situation, there is some precedent for it. the united states actually has a program for military and overseas voters to basically do very similar things. so chris christie is taking a page from that pramt aogram and trying to fi
out of. for example, we think that folks in washington, especially men, should not try to control health care choices that women are perfectly capable of making themselves. >> now, madison, we had a president that shared these beliefs. his name was bill clinton. when he first came into office, his economic plan asked the wealthiest americans to pay a little bit more so we could reduce our deficit and still invest in the skills and ideas of our people, and at the time the republican congress and a certain senate candidate by the name of mitt romney said bill clinton's plan would hurt the economy, would kill jobs, would hurt the job creators. does this sound familiar? turns out his math back then was just as bad as it is now. because by the end of president clinton's second term, america created 23 million new jobs. incomes were up. port was down. our deficit had turned into a surplus. so, wisconsin, our ideas have been tested. we've tried them. they worked. the other side's ideas have also been tested. they didn't work so well. after bill clinton left office during most of the last
. thanks again for checking with us today. >>> washington looks at old arguments through a post-election prism. and the sudden end of a distinguished career. >> today. can they hear each other now? >> we can't just cut our way to prosperity. >> feeding the growth of government through higher tax rates won't help us solve the problem. >> avoiding the fiscal cliff. the downfall of the cia chief and the remains of superstorm sandy. with new jersey senator bob menendez and new york congressman peter king. then dissecting tuesday's results with california governor jerry brown. plus, cnn's dana bash looks at the grand old party and the new electorate with a foursome of republicans. former presidential candidate jon huntsman, congresswoman cathy mcmorris-rodgers. former commerce secretary carlos gutierrez, and conservative activist gary bauer piem candy crowley. and this is "state of the union." >>> good morning from california. the state that led the tax cut revolution in the late '70s but this past tuesday voted to raise taxes. we'll talk to governor jerry brown later in the show. bu
johns in washington. and as we are on the eve of election day, some areas, the voting trouble has already begun, like these lines, seven-hour wait times. now the lawyers are stepping in. ali velshi is all over it. [ male announcer ] this is sheldon, whose long dy setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news. >>> let's talk about florida. florida, again, looking at a close race, and possibly a very, very ugly legal battle. democrats lawyering up over governor rick scott's refusal to extend early voting hours. the aim of voting is to make it easier for people to cast their ballots, but look at this. >> let us vote! let us vote! let us vote! >> chanting let us vote, long lines, we're hearing some wait hours, maybe you've been in a line like this here. seven hours. voters being turned away. this is what we're hearing. ali velshi is watching this for us. i spoke with him a little while ago. let me bring in ali velshi, our chief
. romney wrote about bipartisanship. he says i am offering a contrast to what we're seeing in washington today. we watched as one party has pushed through its agenda without compromising with the other party. there's much gridlock and pettiness dominating while important issues facing the nation while high unemployment go unaddressed. the bickering has to end. i will end it. i will reach across the aisle to solve america's problems. >> you can read their complete opinions by logging on to our website. go to cnn.com/opinion. then go to my facebook page and tell me who you think has the most compelling vision for america's vision. we'll actually read back some of your responses at facebook.com/suzannemalveaux. >>> vice president joe biden back from the battleground state of wisconsin. he says he is stumping on the opposition home court. stansville, wisconsin, that is paul ryan's hometown just about 20 minutes north of beloit. you're looking at live pictures where the vice president is going to be speaking shortly. biden's visit comes just today after the president's trip to green bay, and
's when he started talking about ending politics as we know it in washington, et cetera. it's coming back to where it all began. he's landed. air force one is here. the first lady's plane has also landed at the airport. the president is greeting her at the airport, they'll arrive here together. there will be a performance from bruce springsteen and a speech here with a lot of the old campaign gang rejoining the team for a final good-bye, anderson. >> what's he doing tomorrow? we know mitt romney is having campaign events tomorrow. is the president not doing that? and why? >> you know, traditionally, first of all, he has not campaigned on election day, it's not his ritual. and he's not going to break ritual. what he'll do tomorrow is play basketball. they have this history, there was one campaign, one election day they did not play basketball. that was that primary against hillary clinton in new hampshire that he lost. and so they always say, they now play basketball every single election day, and that's their rule. >> is that for real? are they really that superstitious? >> oh, yeah. oh,
. what's decided here, the balance of power here will have a huge impact on what gets done in washington over the next four years. let's take our camera up high and show you the current balance. the republicans have 47 seats in red here, you see that strip of blue in the back? that is the democratic advantage. when you include the independent senators who caucus with the democrats they had 53 seats and that gives them the majority. also, they have the white house, with president obama, of course. and the republicans have one strong hold, that is the u.s. house of representatives where they have the majority. if nothing changes here, and president obama gets re-elected, what can we expect to see here in the u.s. senate? well, a lot of the same maneuvering and bickering as we've seen before, i imagine. but also, a new agenda. one of the first things on president obama's agenda, higher taxes on the wealthy. he talked about this as making the economy more fair and getting it moving again. here's another item, immigration reform. he took a lot of heat not getting this done the first time afte
own, deadlocked at 49. abc news and washington post. same thing. at the bottom, pew research center, they have the president with a three-point edge, within the sampling error. let's go beyond the top lines and talk about enthusiasm. that could be so crucial. do you get your supporters out to the poll? our poll indicates that republicans are just as enthusiastic about polling as are democrats. and only 4% said they could still change their mind. their mind is made up but they could still be persuaded to change. it could be crucial if a very close contest. >> what about those swing states? it's all coming down to the swing states, as everybody says. >> reporter: it is all about the swing states. 270 electoral votes needed. let's start in ohio. take a look at the latest numbers. our poll from last week had the president with a three-point advantage. let's go to florida, 29 electoral votes at stake here, two very different polls here, nbc has the president with a slight two-point edge. but look at mason dixon, romney with a six-point lead. and numbers in virginia, look at these very, v
correspondent paul steinhauser joins us from his home base in washington. yesterday you were in pennsylvania covering a paul ryan rally. what do you think is the message for the challengers? >> we're hearing change. change and change. remember four years ago president obama ran on the mantle of hope and change. romney finished up at a rally out in colorado. another one of those eight battleground states we keep talking about. and what mitt romney is saying do you want another four years of under president obama or do you want something a little different? here's part of what he said. >> change can't be measured in speeches. it is measured in achievements. and four years ago, four years ago candidate obama promise dodd so very much, but he's fallen so very short. you recall. he promised he'd be a post-partisan president but he's been most partisan. dividing, attacking, blaming. >> you know, at this late hour here it's all about the ground game. it's about the candidates making sure their supporters actually vote. randi, we heard from both campaigns. the obama campaign telling us they've reach
was right when he said he can't change washington from the inside. you can take him at his word. that's why we're going to send him outside. all right? when i'm elected i'm going to work with republicans and democrats in congress. i'm going to meet regularly with their leaders. i'm going to endeavor to find those good men and women on both sides of the aisle who care more about the country than they do about politics. and together, we're going to put the nation back on track to a balanced budget and to reform our tax code and to finally reaffirm our commitment to financial responsibility. now, if the president were to be re-elected he would continue his war on coal and oil and natural gas. he would send billions more to his favorite friends and all of this means higher gasoline prices and fewer jobs. today gasoline costs twice what it did when president obama took office. and when i'm elected, we're going to change the course of energy entirely. i know just how much energy means to middle class families in this country. we can help hold down prices in the pump and grow new energy jobs and n
of the beltway here in washington. >> he's not easily categorized in any way. he wants it all. he's rational, first of all. he's a little bit deliberative and cautious. but then once in a while he'll go for the bold stroke because he wants something larger. >> the president's next decisions would move the right to anger. >> you better wake up, america! >> the left to disappointment. and leave a nation more polarized than ever. >> i think he came in feeling his own exceptionalism. and then the realities of washington smacked him in the head. >>> january 2009. the president's promises of hope and change would be put to the test by the worst financial crisis in modern history. >> you look at any important economic statistic. they were collapsing faster in the fall of 2008 than they had collapsed in the fall of 1929. >> 11 million americans unemployed. 13 million homes in foreclosure. the president's chief economist saw an unprecedented hole opening in the economy. >> we were hanging on the edge of a cliff. in fact, we were starting down that, down into the abyss. >> for once, most in washington
is under way at a military base in washington state. it will determine whether robert bales should be tried for murder in the shooting deaths of 16 afghan civilians. that was back in march. >>> police are looking for a skateboarder who robbed a bank in carlsbad, california. investigators say the man dressed in the all black handed a teller a note yesterday. there's a picture of him there, demanding an undisclosed amount of money. the teller complied. no one was hurt. investigators say witnesses didn't spot a weapon. but they have his mug. right, soledad, did you see that? >> yes. and he's on a skateboard. my guess is they'll wrap up the case pretty soon. >>> keep it right here on cnn, our special live election coverage begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. cnn's wolf blitzer has a preview. and apparently he does not have a preview. obviously a little problem with the tape of wolf. but basically tonight is where you want to be watching cnn's coverage. coming up this morning on our special election day edition of "early start," who will win or will we have a winner at all, will the results be
washington this morning. good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> let's talk about these new laws put in place in many states across the nation. how will this affect voting tuesday? >> in 2011, the brennan center issued a report. when we first saw the onslaught of these laws being introduced across the country. we were extremely worried because it looked like up to 5 million voters would be impacted by these laws in such a way where many of them might have their right to vote encumbered. we issued a new report, however, a year later. it just came out last week -- early this week that showed that because of the pushback that happened across the country, because of the department of justice, citizen referenda, court and other initiatives, there has been a great deal of success in pushingi inin ining respect to these laws. that number is far fewer in terms of how many voters will be impacted. most courts have ruled where there has been litigation that these laws will not go into effect before the november 6th election. we are very hopeful and very exuberant about the fkt that many more v
. freezes job growth. i think the president was right the other day when he said he can't change washington from the inside, only from the outside. we're going to give him that chance. [ cheers and applause ] that's his way. my way is quite different. when i'm elected, i'm going to work with republicans and democrats in congress. i'm going to meet regularly with leaders in both parties. and i'm going to endeavor to find good men and good women on both sides of the aisle that care more about the country than they do about politics. and they're there, and we can make that happen. now, there's no question but you know that regardless of what he says, if the president gets re-elected, he's going to continue his war on coal and oil and natural gas. i have a very different path. when i'm elected, we're going to change course on energy to build jobs, to help put the price at the pump. we're going to achieve north american energy independence in eight years. if the president were to be re-elected, i'm convinced he will continue to crush small business with his plan to raise taxes on them. to force
to their players, marijuana is still a banned substance. tuesday's host in colorado and washington state legalize the recreational use of marijuana prompted a swift response from sports regulations, they all said their drug policies remain the same. >>> from the lakers added dwight howard to their roster they expected to blow out other teams. the season hasn't started out that way. utah jazz beat l.a. last night sending the lakers to a 1-4 record. despite the poor start lakers is giving coach mike brown a vote of confidence and kobe bryant is telling fans to chill out. >>> scottie pippen tells one way that president obama is just like mike. he took to the court with the president's team for his traditional election day basketball day. pippen said no one wanted to hit jordan back in the day and no one wants to hit the president now. as pippen put it, when the president drives on the basket, the lane opens up wide enough for his motorcade to come through. >>> staying chuck strong for chuck pagano while battling leukemia. two dozen players got their head shaved this week in support of their coach. h
of trillion dollar deficits in washington? >> so that's mitt romney in roanoke, virginia, today. gloria, let's just look at the latest swing state polling. they're showing iowa, new hampshire, wisconsin, they're all leaning toward obama. we showed another poll yesterday showing the president leading ohio, back to ohio, by five points. point-blank, gloria borger, five days left, is time running out for mitt romney? >> sure. there's five days left f. you look out those polls, while most of them are within the margin of error, he would like to have it flipped the other way. having said that, time's also running out for the president. look. this is a tight race. it's tighter than a lot of people ever expected. it's come down to those handful of states. and what it really comes down to is getting the voters to the polls, brooke. that's why there's an emphasis on early voting because you can bus your voters who you know vote for you and get them to vote early. but it's a matter of intensity and enthusiasm and, you know, when you talk to the romney people, they're complaining the polls based on the
happens in washington, you would probably see something along the lines of those, of those kind of rates because the economy will move its way back to the trend growth of 3%, 3.5%. i think one, you have to hope that the macroeconomy goes with you. two, i think the policy can make a difference on the margin. and there's a difference of opinion between the two camps, romney's view that high income tax cuts and deregulation lead to growth. the obama view that it's investments in infrastructure, the work force, things of that nature that will lead to faster growth. and you know, you have to pick one or the other. >> and then quickly, yes or no, will voters take these numbers, these jobs numbers just days before election day, into the voting booth with them? >> probably not. i mean, certainly not the people whose power is out and they're dealing with the hurricane damage and stuff like that. but evidence is pretty clear that people get a general impression of the economy as opposed to looking and sayingering well, this was 171,000 and it was expected to be 125,000 so therefore i'm going to be
in washington with mitt romania any who is going to work with your governor, with your senator, to do things that will get more jobs for ohio and get this economy turned around and get those people back to work instead of having a $1 trillion welfare economy that nobody is happy with. people want to go back to work. >> let talk about your home state of virginia, coveted prize certainly for both candidates what. makes the romney campaign think that they can capture virginia at this point? >> well, we are leading in virginia with independents, just like we are leading in ohio and everywhere, and in virginia we're very concerned about, first of all, the president's tax increases are going to hit our economy just like they are going to hit ohio very hard. two-earner families are going to get hit hard and our small businesses will get hit hard. we have a big small tech industry and the tax increases will put our small businesses in jeopardy at the same time it -- >> let me interrupt you here -- virginia unemployment though is among the lowest in the country at 5.6%, so how will you combat that? >
. he joins me now as does my good friend christine romans. she joins me from washington. jim acosta from did he back to you, iowa, where mitt romney just landed. brianna keeler is in milwaukee, wisconsin, traveling with president obama. let's start here in ohio. the state has a very complex economy. here's some of what we've been hearing from voters on this trip. >> just a lot of depressed areas. a lot of joblessness. >> just looking at the unemployment rate, it's so scary to me. >> the last four years has not been very good for our small business. >> with the debt crisis, our country has, that burden is going to be on us in the future. >> all of the skills i had are obsolete now. >> i'm not up at the white house. i don't see rich people all the time. i see a lot of poor people. >> shut down, closed, reduced wages, ship the jobs overseas. we lost 55,000 factories. >> we're probably never have the things that we did 30, 40 years ago. >> balance the budget. we keep spending more and more. somewhere along the line it's going to come back and haunt us. >> they didn't plan for us. now we
now. cmn political editor paul stein houser joins us from washington. paul, certainly a hectic pace for romney today. >> it certainly is. the president has four stops. so does mitt romney. i guess you could say he is keeping pace. yesterday was no different. he started in the east of new hampshire and ended with a big rally in colorado. they are hitting all these very important crucial battleground states. his message, randi has been one of change. senator obama ran on change four years ago. mitt romney says if you are happy with the way things are, fine, but he is promising change. he is also pointing out the contrast between himself and president obama. take a listen. >> the only thing -- the only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we've ever known is lack of leadership, and that's why we have elections, and you saw the differences between president obama and myself when we were side-by-side in our debates. he says it has to be this way. i say it can't stay this way. he is offering excuse. eve got a plan. >> you were talking about the schedule for today. take
also believe, by the way, there are some things washington should not do, for example, we don't need a bunch of politicians trying to control health care decisions that women are perfectly capable of making themselves. [ cheers and applause ] for four years, we had a president who shared these beliefs. his name was bill clinton. and it's interesting, when he first came into office, his economic plan asked the wealthier americans to play a little more so we could reduce our deficit and invest in the skills and ideas of our people. and at the time, the republican congress and a certain senate candidate by the name of mitt romney -- [ crowd booing ] don't boo, vote. vote. you don't need to boo. folks can't hear you boo, but they can hear you vote. anyway, this candidate, mr. romney, along with the republican congress, they all said, bill clinton's playing us terrible. it will hurt the economy. it's going to kill jobs. turns out, their math was just as bad then as it is now because by the end of bill clinton's second term, america has created 23 million new jobs. incomes were up, poverty
or less. that is an issue here in iowa. christine? >> thanks, poppy. ted rowlands is in washington. that fiscal cliff, that's been felt where you are. how are wisconsin voters feeling it? how is it factoring into their vote? >> reporter: well, christine, in large part, which isconsin's wos jobs. they've only recovered about 10% of the jobs lost. unemployment say little lower than the national average, about 7%. it's hovered there the past six months. there's good news and bad news goes back and forth. oshkosh, they make military vehicles, announced that they're laying off 450 full-time positions either united auto worker employees in the green bay area, the president was there yesterday. governor romney is here in milwaukee today. the bottom line here in wisconsin, it is the same thing we're feeling across the country. one day there's good news. one day there is bad news. and the job losses in the green bay area is very bad news because those are very good jobs. that, of course, would lend to folks voting for mitt romney because their livelihood is directly attached to defense spen
that stood out to me is the washington post abc poll, 48.56% obama, 48.49 romney. i mean, literally, negligible and even in the swing states it's too close to call. i don't think that's true. i think it's true on some of the national polls but they are not as relevant as the swing state polls and you're seeing incremental increases every day in favor of the president. so i think, you know, honestly, it's going to be a good day on tuesday for the president and therefore for the country. >> how damaging, kelly ann, was mayor bloomberg's endorsement of president obama? he's been holding off endorsing anybody. he's been well known to be an independent. he came out very strong and said president obama he believes in climate change and mitt romney doesn't. he also attacked mitt romney for where i believe the vulnerability is the endless flip-flopping. it's not a good thing that he endorses a former republican mayor, somebody totally influential, endorses a democratic president. >> he's been a republican and democrat and an independent. so i guess he has the luxury of endorsing anyone. i t
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, it is a numbers game, gloria. >> yeah. >> she's in washington. yeah, so it boils down to numbers, right? >> it does. it boils -- it boils down to turnout. when you look at those national poll matchups, you know this, don, that's not really what we're looking at. because national polls include states that are very red and include states that are very blue. you're looking at battleground states where you're sitting, state of ohio, and you're looking at campaign organizations and how they get their voters to the polls. it is intensity. it is enthusiasm. it is organization. you also look at early voting because you know in early voting you actually have a certain amount of control over how you get people to the polls and you know you're getting your voters to the polls. so you want to control that as much as you can. because in a close race, like ohio, like florida, like any -- colorado, whatever, you know that that could really make the margin of difference. that's why the campaigns are focusing so much on early voting this time around. very important. >> yeah. you're absolutely right. and
talked about the campaign heating up again. and if you look at a poll from abc news,/"washington post," the question was, likely voters' views to the response to hurricane sandy, president obama was excellent or good, 78%, not so good or poor, 8%. no opinion was relatively high for governor romney. mark preston thinks that the president's handling of this disaster will lead directly to more votes for him. do you agree? >> i think it's quite possible. the president is doing what the president does best. i mean, you've heard governor christie say that he had talked to the president six times, and when he got together with him, he could feel the compassion that he felt over the phone. and that says a lot. here we have two men, who truly care about their country, coming together. and i think that's basically what america wants. they're tired, soledad, of all the bickering and nothing getting done. and the fact is that they came together, and i think that the president has taken the appropriate action. i'm very impressed. >> let's take a look at the battleground states and the polls that c
is in the interest of the state of massachusetts. and we need more independent thinkers like that in washington. people who will be against special interest. this much lobbying is also really impairing the ability to decision make. >> michael bloomberg is supporting scott brown in that race for exactly the same reason because he said he supports independent thinkers. >> i think they do have two good candidates. but i know elizabeth well and i think she will be independent. i think if you look at her sources of campaign support, she's got a huge base of small donors. she really is smart and she'll be a player from day one if she gets elected. looks like she will. >> out on the edge supporting a democrat. >> for the first time -- >> yes, yes, yes. let's get to some other stories making news. >> all right, soledad. hard numbers in the aftermath of superstorm sandy are just so great. 92 americans dead, 3.5 million power customers still in the dark. estimated losses up to $50 billion. a lot of residents if hard-hit staten island, new york, they're just very angry that the new york city marathon will
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